LES ÉTATS-UNIS D'AFRIQUE: AU-DELÀ DU HIP HOP

UNITED STATES OF AFRICA: BEYOND HIP-HOP

By Yanick LETOURNEAU

PERIPHERIA - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2012

Passionate and militant, United States of Africa takes Black Nationalism worldwide with its look at one rapper's reclamation of buried history. The movie offers a hidden history of African leaders, their struggle for black rights, and the legacy of post-colonial oppression.

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Languages
    • FRENCH, ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 75 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Yanick LETOURNEAU
    • Writer(s)
    • Yanick LETOURNEAU, Sebastien TETRAULT, Hany OUICHOU
    • Producer(s)
    • Yanick LETOURNEAU (Peripheria), Colette LOUMEDE (National Film Board of Canada)
    • Synopsis
    • On a sprawling, reflective musical and personal journey that takes him to some 40 countries, Awadi meets and collaborates with hip hop artists Smockey (Burkina Faso), M-1 from Dead Prez (United States) and Zuluboy (South Africa). Featuring a score by Ghislain Poirier, as well as Awadi’s own songs, United States of Africa draws the viewer into one artist’s meditation on Panafricanism, the power of music and the need for political change. A hopeful and compelling portrait of a continent whose politically aware youth is refusing to lie down and accept the role of victim, the film is a call for Africans of all generations to rise up, take a stand and take control - of their continent and their destiny.
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